File a Hotel Accident Lawsuit
Whether you’re staying at a five-star resort or a roadside motel, you expect a reasonable level of safety. That means elevators should work properly, slick floors should have proper signage, and communal areas should remain debris-free. If you suffered injuries during your stay, you could file a hotel accident lawsuit and recover compensation.
Meet the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato. Our personal injury lawyers advocate for injured claimants, tirelessly seeking financial recovery for their expenses. Interested in learning about your options? We offer free, no-obligation case reviews. Dial (954) 633-8270 to begin.
Our Lawyers File Lawsuits Following Negligence-Related Incidents at Hotels
If another party’s negligence caused your accident and injuries, you have the right to seek compensation. We advocate for people who have suffered:
- Swimming pool accidents
- Elevator incidents
- Exposure to toxic chemicals, like carbon monoxide
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Assaults resulting from negligent security measures
This isn’t an exhaustive list of incidents that could merit compensation. Your case must rest on the basis that because another party acted negligently, you were hurt and have damages. You could learn more about negligence and your case’s potential during your free case review.
The Many Benefits of Hiring Our Hotel Accident Lawyers
Here are some reasons to consider partnering with our injury firm:
We Manage Your Case’s Filing Deadlines
Following your hotel accident, you generally have four years to file your case, per Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a). You could have even less time (two years) to file your case if you lost a loved one. It’s vital that we file your case within the correct timeframe. If we don’t, the court could dismiss your case with prejudice, jeopardizing your legal options.
You don’t have to keep track of important deadlines with our team advocating for you. We manage all your case’s details, big and small.
We Give You Peace of Mind
You’re already dealing with serious injuries. You don’t need to deal with a complicated case, as well. That’s where our team extends a helping hand. We manage each of your case’s obligations from start to finish so that you can focus on healing.
- Gather supporting evidence. The incident report, security camera footage, and witness testimony can show how your accident happened. This information can also help us determine fault and liability for your damages.
- Manage all case-related communications. You shouldn’t have to field phone calls, text messages, and emails from the involved parties. That’s our team’s job. If the other party tries to contact you, refer them to us.
- Identify your compensable losses. Your recoverable damages depend on your situation. We assess your condition’s severity, out-of-pocket damages, and accident’s cause to determine what you’re owed.
We Make Legal Help Financially Accessible to Hotel Injury Claimants
If you’re wondering how much it costs to partner with our team, we have four words for you: we work on contingency. Payment for our time, efforts, and insights comes from the funds we secure from the liable party. That means you don’t have to pay us directly or up front for our services.
Furthermore, you only pay for our services if your case succeeds. Otherwise, you owe nothing. With this arrangement, you can breathe easy knowing that we have your financial interests in mind.
We Prove the Required Elements of Negligence
To hold another party liable for your losses, we must show how another party acted negligently. In a hotel injury lawsuit, this generally means showing:
- The hotel’s owners owed you a duty of care.
- These parties neglected that obligation.
- You suffered injuries while on the hotel’s property.
- You have injury-related damages as a result.
Florida law requires many businesses, including hotels, to carry commercial liability insurance. So, after proving your case’s elements, you could recoup damages through an insurance claim. If not, we could file a hotel accident lawsuit and go from there.
Our Lawyers Seek Compensation for Your Hotel Accident-Related Losses
Your settlement or court award shouldn’t leave you with any out-of-pocket expenses. It should account for:
- Your medical bills, which may include hospital stays, surgeries, and in-patient treatment
- Your job-related losses, including tips, bonuses, employee benefits, hourly wages, and commissions
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Out-of-pocket injury-related losses, such as childcare expenses
You may have lost a loved one. Florida law may allow you to file a wrongful death case. In that instance, compensation could account for funeral costs, memorial expenses, and end-of-life care fees.
Clients Come to Us Again and Again With Their Legal Troubles
We foster lifelong relationships with our clients. They come to us again and again with their cases because they know we have their best interests at heart. When asked about their experience partnering with us, some clients shared:
- “I would highly recommend Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato. The whole team was highly professional and helpful. They kept me informed every step of the way. That actually make you realize you are not just a number but a member of their family that they care what happens with your case.” ––Dawn T.
- “Words cannot begin to explain the gratitude I have for Vincent and Richard Pravato and their staff. I have taken a long and hard two-year journey through recovering from my accident, and they were there with me and for me every step of the way.” ––Katherine K.
Yet, our client testimonials only tell one part of our story. Just recently, our firm was rated one of the top 10 law firms for client satisfaction, as named by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. We keep our clients’ interests at the forefront of our mind when managing their cases.
Considerations After Suffering a Hotel Accident in Florida
Some other considerations that could bolster your lawsuit’s outcome include:
Seeking Medical Attention
A large portion of your case depends on proving that you suffered injuries while staying at a hotel. Proving your injury’s severity requires you to seek medical attention. This may include:
- Visiting your family physician
- Scheduling an appointment with a specialist (like an orthopedic doctor)
- Going to the hospital or the emergency room
While undergoing treatment, keep everything related to your recovery. These items may include copies of your X-rays, statements from your doctor, and the names of prescribed medications.
Referring All Settlement Offers to Your Lawyer
The insurance company’s first offer may seem generous. In fact, it could be the largest sum of money you’ve ever seen. Still, it may not fully account for your losses. By referring all settlement offers to your lawyer, you can prevent yourself from accepting less compensation than you deserve. You also protect yourself from any bad faith insurance practices that put your claim in jeopardy.
Limiting Your Social Media Use
Cyberspace doesn’t need to know about your hotel accident. The only people who need to know include you, your immediate family members, and your legal team. Sharing information about your case on social media could give the claims adjuster information to discredit your case. You shouldn’t put anything in writing that could paint your claim in a bad light.
Considering Your Legal Options
You don’t want to manage a hotel lawsuit alone. Some hotels, including those with locations across the country, have seemingly limitless legal resources. Their Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers will do everything possible to discredit your case. They may even intimidate you into dropping the matter.
The Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato has no problem going toe to toe with large corporations and the Fort Lauderdale hotel accident lawyers who represent them. For instance, in an international case that involved several large companies, we secured $800 million for our clients’ losses.
Don’t worry about managing a legal case on your own. That’s our job. While you focus on moving forward, we focus on building and winning your case.
Our Hotel Injury Lawyers Advocate for People With These Conditions
We seek compensation for people with serious injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe burns
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Nerve damage
- Internal bleeding
- Sprains, strains, and other soft-tissue injuries
- Spinal cord trauma
We also advocate for wrongful death claimants.
Begin Your Free Case Review With the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato
You stayed at a hotel because you craved relaxation and convenience. Now, you’re dealing with serious injuries, uncooperative insurance companies, and other troubles. If you want the best possible outcome for your lawsuit, call the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato. When you dial (954) 633-8270, you can speak to a team member about your situation for free.
Frequently Asked Questions About Hotel Injury Settlements
As you consider partnering with the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato, you may have these questions:
When Is a Hotel Liable for Guests’ Injuries?
When negligence causes a hotel’s guest to suffer injuries, its owner could be liable. Some examples of negligence on a hotel’s premises include:
- A hotel’s management fails to hire a lifeguard for the swimming pool.
- Someone mops up a spill but fails to put up a “wet floor” sign.
- An elevator doesn’t pass inspection but remains in use.
- Cracked tiles or frayed carpet poses a slip and fall hazard.
Sometimes, more than one party could bear liability in a hotel accident case. Consider this scenario. An unsupervised child swims in the pool. The hotel does not have a lifeguard on duty or signs prohibiting unattended children from being in the pool. While diving, the child’s foot gets caught in a pool cleaner’s cord, preventing them from surfacing. They suffer near-fatal drowning and now live with lifelong cognitive impairments.
In this instance, the hotel could have liability for preventing the child from entering the pool. Also, the pool cleaning company could be responsible since it left behind hazardous equipment. Our team can determine liability for your losses and hold them financially accountable.
How Can I Sue a Hotel for an Accident?
With our team’s help, you can sue a hotel for an accident. We can file your complaint in court, argue your case before a judge, and present evidence of negligence. While we hope to resolve your case through an insurance claim (as we do with many cases), we stand ready for litigation, too.
What Is the Evidence to Settle a Hotel Accident Lawsuit?
We already listed some evidence that could supplement your case, like the incident report, security camera footage, and witness testimony. However, other supporting information in your case could comprise:
- Data from accident reconstruction specialists
- Information from your healthcare provider
- Physical evidence
- Photos of the accident scene (and the hazard itself, if possible)
- Your damage-related invoices, receipts, and bills
- The liable insurance policy
We encourage you to keep all case-related evidence. Even the smallest item could prove negligence, the cost of your damages, and other elements.
What Is My Hotel Accident Settlement Worth?
The value of your hotel accident settlement depends on your situation. When calculating your past, present, and future injury-related expenses, we consider your:
- Estimated recovery period
- Financial losses
- Missed time from work
- Condition’s severity
- Role in the accident
- Medical records
- Employment information
To learn what compensation you could collect, we may consult with third-party field professionals, such as economists and those in your field of employment. We can use their testimony to assert the cost of your damages in and out of court.
How Is the Insurance Amount Calculated in a Hotel Accident Lawsuit?
As noted, your recoverable damages depend on your situation. However, how much insurance the liable hotel carries rests on various factors, including:
- The hotel’s location. A waterfront hotel may carry more liability insurance than a landlocked resort.
- The hotel’s intended audience. Some hotels (like the Nickelodeon Resort in Orlando) are geared toward children. Because children are more likely to suffer injuries than adults, these resorts may have more comprehensive insurance coverage.
- A hotel’s activities. Some hotels serve as destinations themselves. For instance, some hotels on Miami Beach offer parasailing as an activity. Because these activities pose risks, the hotel may have insurance that covers accidents.
Still have questions about your hotel accident and injury lawsuit? Our team stands ready to answer them.